MAN TRAGICALLY DIES FOLLOWING EAST BELFAST CRASH

Paramedics and fire crews help to stretcher an injured person to an ambulance in east Belfast

Paramedics and fire crews help to stretcher an injured person to an ambulance in east Belfast

A driver died of a heart attack tragically died on Thursday afternoon after his runaway car crashed outside a charity shop and injured three people.

The 47-year-old man was rushed to hospital by paramedics following the smash but died later.

His death was not due to the crash but an underlying medical condition, say medics.

The midday accident happened after the driver of a silver Audi A4 saloon suffered a suspected heart at the wheel and lost control.

The Audi careered across the Woodstock Road ploughing into a woman driving a mobility scooter who was talking to two people at a Metrolink bus stop.

The car ended up smashing the front window of a charity shop.

Luckily the driver of the mobility scooter and and three pedestrians were not seriously injured.

Four paramedic crews at the scene rushed the injured to hospital.

The Woodstock and Cregagh Roads was closed for several hours while a police collision investigation unit examined the scene.

John McPoland of the NI Ambulance Service said: “When the crews arrived they found that the driver of the car had suffered some kind of cardiac episode and lost control of the car and veered onto the footpath.

“On the footpath there was a lady in a mobility scooter talking to two pedestrians. Unfortunately, the car ploughed into the three of them.

“It put one of the pedestrians through the shop front but he was able to get himself out of that.”

Witness Michael Chandler said it was a frightening experience.

“It was the crash we heard first of all. It appears a car has come out of the road on the other side of the street and lost control,” he said.

“There are a lot of kids about and a lot of upset people who saw what happened exactly and know the people involved. it was quite scary to be honest.”

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